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University of Latvia Rector: was it the best way out of crisis?

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“Although we here in Latvia have a feeling that the crisis is over, it still remains an open question whether the way we exited the crisis was the best possible. It is also a question what future holds for us,” Marcis Auzins, the University of Latvia Rector, said when opening the 70th University of Latvia Conference.

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“Sometimes also on the national level some sudden needs obscure future perspectives and highlight the issue of whether what we do today is in line with what we want to see in distant future. It also shows whether such fast decisions conflict with what we want our own future to look like,” he says.

Whereas, a graduate of the University of Latvia and the current Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkevics assessed the European and Latvian crises and lessons taught by them. He also listed the tasks Latvia needs to do not to stop with what has been achieved so far, the Latvian University Press center informs.

According to Rinkevics, public confidence in the state power must be restored, reforms of the higher education, health care and social system must go on and emigration must be slashed. All this would create a realistic and effective strategy for Latgale [poorest region in Latvia] development. Also we must draft a realistic and balanced national development plan, as well as promote exports – yet not only those of goods and products but also of science and innovations, he says.

“Despite the difficult economic situation in the European Union, it must be borne in mind what this union has brought to the entire European continent and also Latvia. It is in the interests of Latvia to overcome the crisis hand in hand with the European Union member states. We need to work together in finding common solutions and defending Latvian interests. Although sometimes we might think that the crisis could have been sorted out in some other way, the country has after all regained allies’ confidence and is seen as an example of how to fight economic problems,” the Minister adds.

The University of Latvia has been holding scientific conferences since 1945.

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